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Beware of Alcohol and Nebulizers

Updated on November 21, 2007

Among the many drug and alcohol dangers parents need to be aware of - there is something new. Kids are putting alcohol into nebulizers and inhaling the vapors straight into their lungs, where the alcohol is absorbed much more quickly than through the stomach.

A nebulizer is a machine that converts a liquid form of medicine into a fine mist or vapor that is inhaled into the lungs, usually through a tube with a mouthpiece. Many households have them to treat young children with asthma, allergies, or other upper respiratory ailments.

Now the helpful device is being used to get high quickly. When the alcohol is taken as a mist instead of a liquid, it enters the bloodstream faster and the effects are more immediate. On the bright side, users are not supposed to suffer the effects of a hangover. However, who knows how true this is. Not to mention the effects of alcohol being inhaled into the lungs is unknown. This is new territory and parents need to be aware as always of any potential dangers. The more we know, the better we are equipped to keep kids safe.

Apparently, the method of vaporizing alcohol has been popular for some time among your hardcore alcoholics. Now it's trickled down to the average suburban teenager. Almost anyone can get hold of a nebulizer and if they don't have hard liquor on hand, kids may resort to rubbing alcohol or something worse. Inhalants are nothing new, but this is just a new trick on the old block.

A couple of years ago, a company came out with the AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) as a way to capitalize on the practice. If you've got $300 to burn, you can buy a special machine to vaporize your alcohol. That's a lot more than your basic medical model goes for. Apparently, the idea never caught on too well. Turns out some of us responsible adults actually enjoy the process of drinking our alcohol.

According to Wikipedia, marketers of the legitimate machine warn users not to use it more than once in a 24-hour period. I'm sure the kids aren't taking that precaution.

Here's a lovely little forum where people discuss different drugs and delivery methods. In this thread they're discussing the pros and cons of using a nebulizer to get high. It's nice to know what you're up against.

Not only are kids using nebulizers to inhale alcohol, some are just inhaling booze straight up. Here are pictures of Prince Harry doing just that in this new deadly drinking game.


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    snapper 6 years ago

    is that your real hair lela?

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    realize this... 6 years ago

    I'm sure you are very concerned about this but in reality kids and adults alike are doing much more dangerous and harmful things to their bodies. You might as well enjoy life, and practice moderation!!! If you shelter your kids too much they will end up like me and try almost anything once they reach maturity. It is far better to help them experience things under your supervision so that they understand more about it than some asshole passing to them at a party. Food for thought. ps. vaporizing alcohol is much harder to get ahold of than doing "jenkem" or adderall for that matter.

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    stuff 7 years ago

    Never knew this, thanks.

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    chenzo 8 years ago

    its insane trust me tonite we were letting a garbage bag fill up with the vapors and doing the whole bag because the mouthpiece wasn't working

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    casv 8 years ago

    idk if you realize this but all your doing by putting this up there is showing kids that didn't know about it how to, way to go

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    vz 8 years ago

    yeah beware well end up putting diet pills and other shit in it for a cheap high

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    Deb-Alcohol Rehab Tips 9 years ago


    Thank you for making the public more aware of the problem. I had one client in therapy who mentioned this about her daughter. She also said her friend sniffs her prescription meds to get it in bloodstream faster and it's more effective! Yikes.


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    Anon 9 years ago

    Nebulizing alcohol is inefficient. After 25 minutes of inhalation I only blew a .025 on a breathalyzer from Sharper Image. In 25 minutes I could easily have taken a few shots that would put me well over .08 in a matter of 30-40 minutes of digestion. I heard that dry ice allows for much faster vaporization of alcohol. I will post back with results.

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    tulsi 9 years ago

    However devices do not control our body. Youngsters need advice and support from parents.Only then they will avoid this drugs.I feel lack of caring are making people go back of Drugs and alchohol........



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    writestuff914 10 years ago from Westchester, NY

    I am sure this is not the last we will hear of this problem. Only time will tell what damage these young people are doing to their bodies. As parents, our best weapon is knowledge. Thank you for adding to our arsenal.

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    sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin

    Hey Lela, Good information. Thanks for sharing